Ottawa, June 9, 2022
Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion's annual report on the administration of the Conflict of Interest Act provides a snapshot of the activities and performance of the Office in 2021-2022. The report was tabled in Parliament today and has been
focus on prevention was reflected across a range of activity areas. It guided 352 newly appointed or reappointed reporting public office holders through the
process, positioning them to prevent conflicts of interest going forward. It conducted over 1,100 annual reviews of their information and responded
Reflecting one of its strategic priorities, in 2021-2022 the Office started implementing a preventative approach to compliance assurance.
continuing to give public office holders proactive guidance, offering annual training for those in
certain positions so they can better
identify potential conflicts of interest, and identifying new
The Office increased its education and outreach activities to help public office holders
understand the rules so they can
prevent conflicts of interests. It gave
Act, almost twice as many as the previous year.
It also issued an updated information notice on
reimbursement of costs associated with divestment of assets and withdrawal from activities, and
an information notice on the meaning of
for the purposes of the Act.
Office conducted its first-ever survey of public office holders and is using the results to
expanded its public communications, tweeting
more times than in the previous year,
fielded nearly 3,500 information requests from the media and members of the public, up 66%.
targeting prevention, the Office
continued to enforce the Act as necessary. It issued
penalties and 15 compliance orders, both up from the year before.
It reviewed 33 concerns about possible contraventions of the Act, fewer than in the previous year, and
issued two examination reports: the
Trudeau III Report and the
Morneau II Report.
appeared before the
House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, which
responsibility for the Office and reviews its annual spending estimates and matters related to the Commissioner’s reports under the Act.
Quotes from Commissioner Dion
“Prevention—recognizing and taking measures to avoid conflict of interest situations—is the major focus of the
Conflict of Interest Act. This was reflected in the Office’s work in 2021-2022, as it has been in previous years. We helped reporting public office holders achieve and maintain compliance with the Act by meeting its requirements, gave them direction and advice, and conducted education and outreach activities.”
“What’s new on the prevention front is the approach to compliance assurance that we adopted as part of the Office’s 2021-2024 strategic plan. We’re being more proactive in giving public office holders direction on
issues that involve real or potential conflicts of interest. We’re giving those in
positions that have been evaluated as potentially having a higher risk of conflict of interest,
ministers, parliamentary secretaries, heads of agencies and deputy ministers,
more training opportunities to help them identify potential conflicts of interest. And we’re identifying new tools to help detect compliance issues, at-risk activities and areas that could raise concerns.”
“Public office holders are accountable for their compliance with the
Conflict of Interest Act, so it’s up to them to learn the rules and understand their obligations. The Office provides tools to help them do that, including virtual and in-person educational sessions and helpful information posted on its website. Plus, advisors in the Office are always available to give public office holders
guidance and direction and answer
questions they may have.”
Conflict of Interest Act applies to some 2,500 individuals, collectively known as public office holders.
The Office maintains a searchable
public registry of information about individual regulatees that the Commissioner is authorized to make public. There were over 65,000 public registry visits in 2021-2022, which is in line with the previous year.
The Office releases
quarterly statistical reports containing data on various activity areas. The aggregated data for each fiscal year is included in the annual reports.
The Office proactively publishes
financial reports and its annual financial statements.
The Office's target is to conduct examinations within a 12‑month timeframe. Since Mario Dion's appointment as Commissioner in 2018, 14 examination reports have been issued. The average time to complete an examination, or to report on a referral from the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner where an examination was not warranted, is just over eight months.
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